Enduring Critical Poses

The Legacy and Life of Anishinaabe Literature and Letters

Edited by Gordon Henry Jr., Margaret Noodin, and David Stirrup

Subjects: Indigenous Studies, Ethnic History, American Literature, American Studies, Cultural Studies
Series: SUNY series, Native Traces
Paperback : 9781438482521, 304 pages, July 2021
Hardcover : 9781438482538, 304 pages, February 2021

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Table of contents


Gordon Henry Jr., Margaret Noodin, and David Stirrup

Part I: Majikawiz

1. Louise Erdrich's Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Writing, Being, Healing, Place
Chris LaLonde

2. The Old World Display and the New World Displaced
Nichole Biber

3. An Indian's Journey and Tribal Memory: David Treuer's Rez Life
Padraig Kirwan

Part II: Bakaawiz

4. The Anishinaabe Eco-Poetics of Language, Life, and Place in the Poetry of Schoolcraft, Noodin, Blaeser, and Henry
Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez

5. Ambiguity and Empathy in the Poetry of Gordon Henry Jr.
Stuart Rieke

6. Justice in absentia: The Re-stor(y)ing of Native Legal Presence through Narratives of Survivance in Gerald Vizenor's "Genocide Tribunals"
Sharon Holm

Part III: Jiibayaaboozo

7. The Exceptional Power of the Dead in Heid E. Erdrich's National Monuments
Deborah L. Madsen

8. Anishinaabe Being and the Fallen God of Sun-Worshiping Victorians
Carter Meland

Part IV: Nanabozho

9. Beyond the Borders of Blood: An Anishinaaabe Tribalography of Identity
Jill Doerfler

10. Enduring Critical Poses, Beyond Nation and History: The Legacy and Life of Anishinaabeg Literature and Letters
Margaret Noodin

11. Enduring Cultural Poses: Memory, Resistance, and Symbolic Sculpture
David Stirrup

Gordon Henry Jr. and Margaret Noodin


A celebration of Anishinaabe intellectual tradition.


Enduring Critical Poses examines the stories, poems, plays, and histories centered in the Great Lakes region of North America, where the Anishinaabeg live in a space Basil Johnston referred to as "Maazikamikwe," a maternal earth. The Anishinaabeg are a confederacy of many communities, including the Odawa, Saulteaux, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oji-Cree, and Algonquin peoples, who share cultural practices and related languages. Bringing together senior scholars and new voices on the Anishinaabe intellectual landscape, this volume specifically explores Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi culture, language, and literary heritage. Through a tribal-centric framework, the contributors connect various branches of Native American literary studies and celebrate Anishinaabe narrative diversity to offer a single, overarching story of Anishinaabe survival and endurance.

Gordon Henry Jr. is an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation in Minnesota and Professor of American Indian Literature, Creative Writing, and American Indian Studies at Michigan State University. His books include Afterlives of Indigenous Archives: Essays in Honor of the Occom Circle (coedited with Ivy Schweitzer) and The Light People. Margaret Noodin is Professor of English and American Indian Studies and Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Her books include Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature. David Stirrup is Professor of American Literature and Indigenous Studies at the University of Kent, United Kingdom. His books include Picturing Worlds: Visuality and Visual Sovereignty in Contemporary Anishinaabe Literature.